Press Release -- MLK Day Event in Auburn Hills Expects to Make an Impact in the Community

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Attendees are encouraged to bring items to donate for the Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac

Media contact: Kyle Scislowicz, Media Communications Specialist, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6726; 

Auburn Hills, MI—January 9, 2017—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, announces a community-wide Martin Luther King Jr. event at the Auburn Hills Community Center on Monday, January 16, 2017.  

In partnership with the Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, city staff and community members plan to have a positive impact in the community with donations collected at the event, while celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“We would like to encourage the entire community to come out and support our event and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   As part of the event, we will be collecting items for Grace Centers of Hope, a wonderful community partner,” stated Maxine Butler, Event Coordinator. 

The free event will begin at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast.

A list of current needs for the Grace Centers of Hope is below. More suggested items can be found on their website,   

  • Dental care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, and floss
  • Backpacks or cinch sacks
  • Winter hats, scarves, gloves, earmuffs and socks
  • New or gently used coats
  • Blankets

Collection boxes will be located at several City buildings including City Hall and the Library.  In order for the items to be delivered to Grace Centers, we are asking that all donations be received by January 27, 2017.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Grace Centers of Hope as they have a far-reaching impact on those in need in the community,” Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel says.  “This event is truly important as we honor and remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service.”

At the end of the program, we invite attendees to stay to pack care bags for the homeless. This is a wonderful opportunity to share in this endeavor by working together towards an all-inclusive community that shows care, concern, and respect for all people.

The event is sponsored in part this year by HarborChase, an assisted living community in Auburn Hills. 

Limited seating is available for this event.  To RSVP, please call the Community Center at 248.370.9353. 

For additional information, please visit or call 248-370-9353.

About Auburn Hills
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately 23,000 residents, as well as a workday population of approximately 100,000, Auburn Hills continues to be a thriving global business address. It is home to over 70 international corporations and hosts the World and North American headquarters for numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Continental Automotive Systems, Faurecia, and BorgWarner. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award-winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at  

About Grace Centers of Hope
Grace Centers of Hope is a non-profit, Christian organization committed to positively changing the lives of the unwanted, addicted, and homeless through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, personal accountability, life skills education, and work-related programs. The foundation of change is the local church which encourages residents to become strong in faith and independence while it lovingly promotes a sense of belonging within a community that truly can be called "home".